I’ve been toying with the idea of becoming a vegan (or at least vegetarian) for many years now. And yet, despite my halfhearted attempts, I stumble every time. Heck, I can barely commit to meatless mondays much less envision dedicating the rest of my life to a diet of no meat or animal derived products. As a lover of food and a lifelong meat eater, there’s nothing more tantalising than the smell of crackling bacon, the mouth-watering aroma of jerk chicken grilled in a smokey pan, the taste of succulent pork ribs that falls effortlessly from the bone… maann, I could go on and on.
There’s no denying that meat is soul-satisfyingly tasty, and that my friends, is the reason I remain a meat eater to this day. However, the benefits of becoming a vegan are so far-reaching: lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, lower probability of developing type 2 diabetes, stronger immune system, less chance of developing heart disease, plus many more. According to vegan blogger, TV presenter, vegan cook and author Kirly-Sue, there is no need to compromise on taste when you become a vegan, either. Sue has compiled a book of over 100 delicious British and Jamaican inspired recipes that will help you to create some lip-smacking meals as you make this lifestyle transition. Dishes include: spicy mince and macaroni, butter bean & potato stew, seasoned rice, rice & peas, light and fluffy vegan cornbread and vegan mac and cheese. In addition Kirly-Sue (aka Susanne Kirlew) is on a mission to help change the image of veganism in the UK by running a series of seminars that helps people to make the transition. She says, “Veganism is important as it’s a subject that people need to know more about so that they can make an informed decision. I feel exploring a more plant based diet is better for our bodies and the environment. Also there is no need to harm creatures that can feel pain.”
According to The Vegan Society the number of vegans in the UK has doubled in the last nine years from 150,000 to around 300,000. Mintel also reports that the non-dairy milk market dramatically increased from 36 million litres in 2011 to 92 million in 2013, making it worth over £150 million. So if you are serious about committing to a vegan diet in the new year check out Sue’s website here for details of her recipe book and her cooking show entitled Kirly Sue’s Kitchen.